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Signed and Dated 1969
Studio stamp on reverse
290 x 180 approx
Battiss was a founding member of the New Group a loose friendship of recognised contemporary European and American artists. He was unique among them, in the sense that he was from what were then regarded as the colonies, and also in that he had not studied in either Europe or North America. In fact in 1938 he visited Europe for the first time. The following year in 1939 he published his first book, "The Amazing Bushman". His interest in primitive rock art had a very profound impact on his ideas, regarding San painting as an important art form. He was also influenced by African cultural Ndebele beadwork and generally by pre-Islamic cultures and calligraphy.In 1949 he befriended Picasso who would have an influence on his already quirky style.He visited Greece in 1966-1968 and the Seychelles in 1972, which inspired his make-believe Fook Island.Battiss published nine books, wrote many articles and founded the periodical "De Arte". He taught art at Pretoria Boys High School from 1936 for most of the next 30 years and at the Pretoria Art Centre, of which was the principal from 1953-58. He also taught at UNISA where he became Professor of Fine Art in 1964 and retired in 1971. In 1973 he was awarded a D. Litt et Phil (honoris causa) from UNISA.
In 1981 he donated all his work to the newly opened "Walter Battiss Museum" in his birthplace of Somerset East.Walter Battiss died in Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-Natal of a heart attack on 20 August 1982. I do not have provenance on this specific work other than it comes from a large collection with provenance.These Paintings and antiques come from collectors who have been collecting SA and Irish Art for over 25years.This large collection of top artists includes many items purchased at both local and international auctions.Some of the works are being sold on behalf of other people, and the sale price that you pay will include any commissions fees charges or other sundry costs that they may apply.....so what you bid is what you pay !!! Many of the works include items that have provenances from Sothebys ,Bonhams, Major and Minor estate sales, and letters and receipts from many previous owners. ,so you are bidding on that basis, as not all have this. You are welcome to enquire regarding individual pieces if you like, and you must do this prior to your bid being placed, because once you bid, you are accepting this as a condition of the sale, should you be the successful bidder. All of the Art that I am advertising has either been personally purchased by myself, either at auctions land or on line, or acquired at sales or taken on consignment .All work is entered in the opinion of the owner, as being from the artist listed as signed on the piece ,but may also be deemed in the style of that artist, attributed to that artist or in the manner of the artist. It is being sold as purchased, acquired, consigned, inherited and you are accepting it as this , and that it is sold to you As IS.